Starring Asha Reid and Robert Neumark-Jones – One Jewish Boy is a messed-up, bittersweet tale of inherited trauma, the miracle of Chanukah, raging anti-semitism, the end of youth and staying in love…
“Moving and tenderly performed two-hander about toxic relationships, fear and the damaging impact of antisemitism” – ★★★★ The Stage
“Intelligent and fearless writing” – ★★★★★ Jewish News
“Stephen Laughton’s script is fantastic… brilliantly brought to life by Sarah Meadows” – ★★★★★ LGBTQ Arts
“Provocative, urgent and powerful” – ★★★★ Attitude Magazine
“Brilliantly written, Brilliantly staged” – Exeunt Magazine
“Necessary viewing” – Everything Theatre
“Multi-layered and robust” – LondonTheatre1.com
“A timely play” – British Theatre Guide
The Observer: “Life imitates art as play about antisemitism faces wave of abuse“. Writer and producer of One Jewish Boy shocked by social media response – Read the full article here: The Observer – 09.12.18
Other press on One Jewish Boy:
- Interview with Robert Neumark-Jones for Jewish Renaissance
- Just Snap Out Of It Podcast with Stephen Laughton
- Interview with Stephen Laughton for Homoculture
- British Theatre Announcement
- Jewish Chronicle Article on anti-Semitism
- Broadway World Announcement
Jesse is paranoid and he’s frightened and it’s messing up his relationship, his job, his daughter and his life, but Jesse has every reason to be frightened. From his next door neighbour and the micro-aggressions around why she would vote for Corbyn but could never support Blair, to the dinner party where his slightly left of him liberal mates can’t quite grasp the difference between Likkudy foreign policy and the position of diaspora Jews. From his own wife and an argument about a hypothetical circumcision, to a vicious attack in the park that brought them together… Jesse is feeling the sting of rising prejudice in every part of his life.
Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head in a horrific way every 70-or so years, the last time it killed 9 million Jews, the time before that it resulted in their complete expulsion from eastern Europe – and with a 34% rise in violent assaults against Jewish people in the last year alone, Jesse can’t bear to think where we’ll end up this time.
Not with a 9-month-old daughter to protect.
Charting the kind of love affair that legends are born of, ONE JEWISH BOY explores key moments over a four-year relationship between a nice Jewish boy from North London and the nice not-so-Jewish woman he falls desperately in love with… With the shadow of hatred festering at its very core the play is a bittersweet comedy fuelled by anti-Semitism. Told out of chronology…Break-up. Proposal. Pregnancy. Moving in together. Birth. Post-breakup. Meeting, it focusses us squarely on those filthy, ugly words – dirty fucking Jew – that were actually kicked into him – asking if the fear of hatred, could be even worse than the hatred itself.
AGE GUIDANCE 14+
Running time: 80mins
Photo credits: AF Photography